China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

China: The Panda Adventure



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In this visually striking tale of adventure, Ruth (Maria Bello) is an American widow who during the 1930s travels to China in hopes of making her late husband's dream a reality by bringing Chinese pandas to the United States. Ruth is awed by the striking beauty of China and discovers several of the rare pandas as well as a number of other unusual animals; however, Ruth learns that the Chinese government is lax in their protection of wildlife, and that hunters are making short work of the pandas. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Special Interest
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Written By: Paul Andersen, Jeanne Rosenberg
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On DVD: Feb 1, 2005
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

[Young] occasionally mines the IMAX cliches ... but more often he delivers unforgettable images of China.

Full Review… | June 28, 2002
Detroit Free Press
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Gives only glimpses of the potential for dynamic storytelling many have longed for in an Imax film.

September 20, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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Despite being helmed by Robert M. Young, who knows more than a bit about docus and drama, China immediately plays as a wooden period piece.

Full Review… | September 14, 2001
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So much care has been lavished on the lush, vivid cinematography that very little seems to have been left over for such picayune matters as script continuity, plausible dialogue, coherent editing and acting.

Full Review… | September 13, 2001
New York Times
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[Young] knows what's important in an IMAX movie and makes certain that the vastness and beauty of China are matched by the pandas' lovable quotient.

Full Review… | September 13, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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If you can ignore the cookie-cutter story and wooden characters and focus instead on the natural wonders that are passing us by as we travel up the Yangtze, chances are good that you won't be disappointed.

Full Review… | September 13, 2001
Chicago Tribune
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